MBABANE: Wandile Dludlu, the Secretary General of the People’s United Democratic Movement(PUDEMO) has warned all political activists in eSwatini and outside the country to prioritize safety as the royal police intensify crackdown on King Mswati’s critics.
Speaking to this Swaziland News on Monday, the PUDEMO Secretary General said most political activists critical of the regime were hunted and shoot dead outside the country while some died at the hands of the police. Eswatini police used the opportunity that came with the COVID-19 lockdown to launch secret attacks on political activists who are critical of King Mswati's government, some are hunted by agents of the regime outside the country.
“We are concerned about the increasing number of political activists dying at the hands of the police. Some are died outside the country under questionable circumstances like our former Deputy President Dr Gabriel Mkhumane. There are many other comrades like Sipho Jele who died at the hands of the police, some died shortly after being released from prison which left us with many questions” he said.
The PUDEMO Secretary said under normal circumstances, the safety of the Nation should be under the police, however, he advised political activists not to trust the law enforcement agency but instead, be in charge of their own safety as the crackdown intensify. He then sent condolences to the Swaziland Democratic Party(SWADEPA) after the death of Archie Sayed who was also well-known as a unionist.